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In her native Dallas she’s one of the city’s most stylish entrepreneurs, and now the rest of the world is discovering Kathy Fielder. Her Design Life Style brand is a favorite of retailers from Neiman Marcus to The Horchow Collection to One Kings Lane to Rue La La. Earlier this month, the Kathy Fielder Collection for Atlantic, a ready-to-assemble home furniture line was announced, and will hit retailers nationwide in Summer 2017.

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Thank Liberalism for Donald Trump

22Nov

Like the Grinch who couldn’t keep Christmas from coming to Whoville, the Democratic Party with all its might and money couldn’t stop Trumpmas from coming to the American heartlands. It came just the same.

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In all the chatter during the 2016 election campaign about the neglected and overlooked people in the country, precious little was said about the tens of millions of people over 50 who are in desperate or near-desperate financial straits. And maybe that makes sense, because these people have been neglected and overlooked for so long they are barely part of any conversation.

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Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make arrogant. William A

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It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence

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Last Tuesday, November 8 marked the 27th year since the Berlin Wall fell. On the exact same day a man wanting to build a wall was elected as President of the United States.

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, striking a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president , buoying anti-immigrant parties in Europe and elsewhere, the pope noted “how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy..

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Donald Trump’s Reagan Moment

19Nov

Sometime before Inauguration Day, President-elect Trump will be briefed on the American plan for nuclear war, inclusive of the role he plays in ordering nuclear weapons release (i.e., the “nuclear codes”.)  John F. Kennedy was the first American president briefed on this plan, back in 1961.  Afterwards, a shaken Kennedy told his Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, “And we call ourselves the human race.” President Nixon was similarly appalled. “No matter what we do,” he told his National Security Council, “they the Soviets lose their cities…what a decision.” Ninety million Soviets would die in an American nuclear strike, Nixon was told.  And ninety million Americans would die in a Soviet retaliation

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It took six years, but Charlene DeWindt, 58, of Newport News, Va., is now an electrician. She’s also a production planner and scheduler at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII is the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States), earning more than $50,000 a year. DeWindt honed her trade at the firm’s Newport News Shipbulding Apprentice School and, in August, graduated with an Associates in Business Degree

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  WASHINGTON – After responsible stewardship of the nuclear arsenal, perhaps the most import role an American president sets is setting a tone that guides how millions of people will act. In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, acts of violence and intimidation against the groups that he singled out during the campaign have been reported across the country, and are being tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ethiopian immigrant Yemaj Adem, for instance, was attacked in Grand Rapids on November 12th by a man in his cab who started punching him and shouting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” The man was arrested, and continued making racist comments about Adem in the back of the police car

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WASHINGTON ― The biggest potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump sits about half a mile away from the White House: The Trump International Hotel.

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WASHINGTON ― In a 2006 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen.

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The irony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s “America First” policy is that it could end the budding new Cold War that has been developing between the West and Russia and China. His non-ideological, deal-making approach, which doesn’t challenge how the Russians and Chinese govern themselves, promises to lessen tensions that have been getting dangerously out of control.

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Questions and Controversy Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), President-Elect Donald J.

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President-elect Donald Trump called for the removal of the Statue of Liberty from New York harbor because it encourages immigration to the United States. Trump said he was elected president because he promised to secure the American borders.

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It was chilling enough to learn that President-elect Donald Trump’s team was discussing the idea of a  registry for Muslim immigrants . The news grew even more alarming when Carl Higbie, a Trump surrogate, defended the notion by citing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Now, people in search of a ray of hope are turning to actor-turned-activist George Takei and his inspiring 2014 TED Talk .

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Edvard Munch , Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) , 1902, oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 40 3/8 in. (101 x 102.5 cm)

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Most of us in sustainability (CSR, citizenship, social change, activism etc) are shell shocked.

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The final irony in an election filled with irony is the refusal of some voters to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory . This group doesn’t simply include protesters but a movement of some size to persuade the electoral college to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Trump

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Small Gestures On A Dark Day

17Nov

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, is nothing less than astonishing. In the wake of it, many like myself are feeling numb, betrayed, fearful, and downright ashamed of our country. A dear friend told me that her mom, who grew up in Nazi Germany, had lapsed into tears and was experiencing flashbacks of childhood traumas

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The United States was born 240 years ago with a shield that proclaimed, “Peace, Independence, Liberty.” It marked an inflection point in the human narrative. For thousands of years, mankind had exalted warriors and nations who turned children into orphans, wives into widows, and had fathers bury sons rather than sons bury fathers in chronic wars for the sake of power, riches and the adolescent thrill of domination. Our forefathers, in contrast, risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to give birth to a nation whose glory was liberty and whose march was the march of the mind.

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(Reuters) – In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday

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California Rebuilding Democratic Bench

16Nov

The Democratic Party is currently struggling with the question of who should be leading it, heading into the future.

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Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the US commitment to addressing global climate change here at the UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech serves as host city for the 22nd Conference of Parties ( COP22 ) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC ). The world must now wait to see if the incoming Trump administration will honor those commitments, or if the US will become a rogue nation that denies the very existence of climate change as a hoax “created by and for the Chinese to make US manufacturing less competitive.” Once inaugurated, Trump will stand as THE ONLY head-of-state who denies the science of climate change.

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As some in the country continue to come to grips with last week’s presidential election, Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered sobering words Tuesday for those who may be wondering how to move forward under a future President Donald Trump . “I think that this is the time where every good person has an obligation both to continue being heard and to continue doing the right thing,” she said Tuesday during a conversation with talk radio host Bill Press , who introduced the topic of the election as the “800-pound gorilla in the room.” The president-elect didn’t come up by name during the hour-long exchange, held in front of an intimate audience at the Old Naval Hospital’s  Hill Center in Washington. But Trump was certainly on everyone’s mind, including Sotomayor, who declined to delve into presidential or transition politics but nonetheless engaged the subject gracefully, as if speaking to the whole nation.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts speculated recently about whether there was enough soap in America to wash off the mud splattered by the dirty, depressing, and uninspired efforts by both presidential candidates to win votes. A week ago, we answered the question of who will lead us over the next four years.

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Six years ago, Jackie came back from a visit to her friend in Warsaw with the recipe for one of the great simple dumplings: leniwe pierogi, or lazy pierogi. They’re lazy (or the cook is) because, first, there’s no filling, just dough (a delicious cheese-based one at that); and, secondly, because they take just a few minutes to make. They can be eaten by themselves with butter and optional fried breadcrumbs, as a dessert, with butter and sugar, or even as a side dish with braised meat – not traditional, but delicious.

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After the news that Steve Bannon, who has been accused of being anti-Semitic  and furthering white nationalist viewpoints as the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, was chosen as President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist, it seems like just about anybody is up for extremely powerful government positions. With Trump at the helm, it seems safe to say that the worst person imaginable to handle the environment, economy, Homeland Security, etc. is each being floated to handle those jobs

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Mexico and the US: separated by a river, some fences, and a long history of American racism. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters Luis Gómez Romero , University of Wollongong In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes, United States president-elect Donald Trump highlighted some campaign promises that he actually plans to keep.

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When Your Candidate Loses

16Nov

The inglorious TV election drama has finally ended. In Left Coast San Francisco, a post-election pall of fog hangs over our city, much like the hanging chads of 2000. We finally have a president-elect, but he might not be the one you wanted

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The Difference Between Fear and Intuition

16Nov

Have you ever been in the butterflies-in-your-stomach early phase of a new, emerging love?

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Anything Is Possible

16Nov

If there’s anything that Donald Trump has taught us, it’s that anything is possible in America. Any crazy-ass thing, no matter how insane, no matter how fucked up, is possible.

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON – An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Kobach, who media reports say is a key member of Trump’s transition team, said he had participated in regular conference calls with about a dozen Trump immigration advisers for the past two to three months.

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Back in March 2016, when the GOP primary was still a going concern and the candidates were jockeying for endorsements and assistants, we made note of the fact that Texas Sen.

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“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet.” – Tupac Shakur The late Tupac Shakur’s poem has always resonated with me. His words speak to the underdog, the overlooked and unsung hero, who finds a way to grow and thrive, against the harshest odds.

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The aftermath of a divorce can be expensive and is an experience that is dreaded by most couples. While lovers try their best to save their marriages, sometimes divorce is the only logical conclusion. And things get hotter when there are huge amounts of wealth that need to be split.

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Are routines useful? How can I establish good ones, if so?

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Can’t Just Sleep Off The Election

15Nov

I’m standing on Pennsylvania Avenue watching Donald Trump’s Inauguration Parade. As he waves to the crowd, I try to shout, but my voice is drowned out by the screaming masses around me. I struggle to speak, but things start spinning and then I’m falling.

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It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones.

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Daina Trout Daina Trout is the CEO of Health-Ade Kombucha , which she co-founded in 2012 alongside her husband, Justin Trout, and best friend, Vanessa Dew. Daina received her BS from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Nutrition and Public Health from Tufts University, where she honed in on her philosophy that health has everything to do with one’s happiness, not just the science.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – An air strike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo killing at least one person in the early hours of Tuesday, a day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region, a war monitor said. Jets hit Awaijel’s Baghdad hospital with rockets, injuring medical staff and patients, including some who had just moved there from a hospital hit in nearby Kafrnaha on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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It has been almost a week and I am still not prepared for President Trump. I was sure that Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. I had convinced myself that Donald Trump’s arresting, but toxic, message, his misogyny and rage against the “other”, together with his general lack of discipline, organization or depth would do him in.

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Iced Coffee Cocktail Iced Coffee Cocktail is a Sweet and Fabulous, Caffe Shakerato. This Iced Coffee Cocktail – will have tongues wagging. Serve it after dinner or as an afternoon delight and give a twist to the regular ol’ Iced Coffee

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Shantel VanSanten has never been accused of shooting the president. But she’s still had to do some fighting to get to where she is today, which is a starring role in USA’s new action drama Shooter , premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

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WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump is reportedly considering appointing Clare Lopez, an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, to serve as his deputy national security adviser. Lopez is the vice president of the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that focuses on the threat of Islamic jihad.

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Headline Hangover: Welp, Here We Are.

15Nov

Welcome to Headline Hangover – our weekly take on some of the ridiculous local, national and global news stories. Here’s a look back some of the headlines that caught my attention for the week of November 6, 2016: President-Elect …uhh..

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The good news about the civil rights struggle, suggests a new PBS special, is that we’re winning it. The less good news is that it will never be won

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Many governments persecute people of religious faith. However, one nation stands out: North Korea

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Earth To Trump: Go Green

14Nov

Here are two facts about the man who will soon be President of the United States, only one of which can be true.

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Our Big Fat Queer Wedding

14Nov

I fell in love with a woman, named Dawn, who values diversity as much as I do… I had to marry her. So what a better way to celebrate our union than to have a Big Fat Queer Wedding! When we talked about a theme, there was only one logical answer for both of us, Let Your Freak Flag Fly! We wanted to celebrate in the way we live our life.

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Notice to Trump: We’re Ready

14Nov

On January 14, thousands will converge in Washington, D.C. as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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In Cinzana, Mali, cooperative vegetable gardens were established with access to water, tools & land, to diversify their food and livelihoods (Photo:UNDP) After last year’s successful adoption of the Paris Agreement, climate negotiators and activists are now on their way to Morocco.

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Meatless Monday: Table Manners

14Nov

I believe going vegan has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you.

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I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president and, like most people, I was surprised when he won. On January 20th he becomes our head of government and head of state; the president is both prime minister and king.

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Frank Sinatra records would rarely be confused with Public Enemy records.

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Lessons Learned At The Esalen Benefit Weekend

14Nov

For those of you who do not already know, the Esalen Institute is home to a truly unique, magical, loving, authentic community of highly intelligent, well-educated and talented thought-leaders committed to positive global transformation. I was extremely honored to be invited to teach alongside some of my favorite teachers such as Sally Kempton , Terry Hunt, Chip Conley and so many others, but when they told me that Reverend Michael Beckwith would also be there I have to admit that I was intimidated

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Sorry, Orson. This time we’re invading Mars, not the other way around.

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Simply put, this the plan. Net Neutrality – is dead. Regulations and consumer protections – dead.

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American Apparel Files For 2nd Bankruptcy

14Nov

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Apparel LLC filed for its second bankruptcy protection in just over a year on Monday, weighed down by intense competitive pressures facing U.S. teen retailers and a rocky relationship with its founder. The second bankruptcy comes as the retailer struggles to overcome years of losses and rising online competition

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Criminal hate crime incidents reported to police increased 6.8 percent in the United States in 2015, according to official FBI data released today. There were 5,850 incidents in 2015, compared to 5479 reported in 2014, the widely anticipated report showed .

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Why Do Women Hate Each Other?

14Nov

For the first time in my 50 years on this earth, I have started to doubt that I will see a woman president in my lifetime. There I said it. I have had to wrestle with, and accept a fact so foreign and unexplainable to me: a lot of women seem to have an innate bias against other women

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In November 1983, The Pointer Sisters released their most successful album, Break Out , which spawned four Top Ten singles, won two Grammy Awards, and sold three million copies. One of its hits, The Neutron Dance , prominently featured in Beverly Hills Cop , peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #4 in Australia, and #1 in Canada

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Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes by indigenous healers in Brazil’s northwestern Acre state for centuries. Luna Parracho/Reuters Rafael Guimarães dos Santos , Universidade de Sao Paulo Ayahuasca goes by many names: Daime , Vegetal , Hoasca , Kamarampi , Huni ..

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By: Manoj Jain MD and Mark W. Muesse PhD The pain is silent, subtle and gnawing, like that of being overlooked for a promotion, or being rejected by your dream college. Over 60 million American s who voted for Hillary Clinton may be groping for a way to overcome such a pain after the stunning loss of their presidential candidate.

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Some travelers prefer the beach and nature, others have a soft spot for the pool, and everyone wants a killer view. For all those times when you can’t choose between the two, there’s an infinity pool.

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By AsiaToday reporter Lee Mi-hyun – Asian Millennials, born between the early 1980s-early 2000s, are eating out more often and more interested in traveling abroad than Western counterparts. In particular, Millennials in emerging markets such as China and India are seeing their average wage increase and their buying power will increase further in the coming years. Let’s look at the spending habits of the Millennials in Asia.

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As a single woman dating over 50, what are your thoughts about deal breakers in the men you want to meet? Just to be clear on what a deal breaker actually is…. They are qualities a man has that you CAN’T TOLERATE in your life or they are qualities a man MUST HAVE in order to date you, such as the same religion or culture.

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Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Stands Up For Them) In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “President-Elect” until he is sworn in, but the ceremony itself is just a formality

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Donald Trump delivers his victory speech on November 9, 2016 Donald J. Trump is the president elect.

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LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Going it alone on defense and security is not an option for either the United States or Europe, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an article published on Sunday. During the presidential election campaign Donald Trump, now president-elect, threatened to abandon U.S.

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Not only did American aviator Jimmie Angel not fear to tread here, he actually crashed his plane right on top.

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Japanese Eating Italian Food Abruzzo in Japan, authentic Italy in the heart of Tokyo. We all know that Italy undoubtedly is on top of the list of most travelers’ wishes and Italian cuisine is appreciated all over the world.

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It was the American people’s intervention that prevented the annihilation of Trump.

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Acorn TV, best known as an importer of overseas programming, has banged out a solid hit with a new original production, the period spy drama Close to the Enemy . Revolving around a James Bond-ian character named Callum Ferguson (Jim Sturgess), Close to the Enemy captures the cautiously optimistic chaos of 1946 Britain

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President Elect Donald Trump

13Nov

President Elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to reassure all Americans that good things are in store for them. “This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Americans.

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At first glance, it is easy to dismiss poker as a silly game that middle-aged men play at their weekly guy’s night to one-up each other and earn some treasured cash winnings. However, first appearances can be deceiving.

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Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian , Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on all Pakistani artists. In retaliation, Pakistan authorities imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on all its TV channels, including Bollywood movies

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The Abrahamic Moment: A Call for Ir-Responsibility. Let us recall Abraham.

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NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES – Chanting “Not my president” and “love trumps hate,” thousands of demonstrators took the streets in cities across the United States on Saturday to protest against President-elect Donald Trump , who they say threatens their civil and human rights. The biggest rallies were in New York , Los Angeles and Chicago, where organizers said they wanted to build on the momentum after several nights of protests triggered by the real-estate mogul’s surprise win in Tuesday’s presidential election. In New York, several thousand protesters marched peacefully up Fifth Avenue past its glitzy store fronts, some already bearing Christmas decorations, before filling the streets at the foot of Trump Tower, the president-elect’s skyscraper home.

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